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A hockey hero is ready to return to the ice

A photographic look at Sidney Crosby's slow recovery from a concussion suffered during the NHL's Winter Classic on January 1, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh

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Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguinstalks with with his father Troy(L) , mother Trina, sister Taylor and his former Coal Harbor coach Paul Mason during a family skate following practice for the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic at Heinz Field on December 31, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins lies on the ice after being hit by David Steckel of the Washington Capitals during the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic at Heinz Field on January 1, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins walks off the ice after being defeated 3-1 by the Washington Capitals during the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic at Heinz Field on January 1, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Editorial Cartoon by Anthony Jenkins / The Globe and Mail

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, center, and Dr. Michael Collins, right, listen as Dr. Ted Carrick, left, describes Crosby's progress in his recovery from a concussion he suffered in January 2011 during an NHL hockey news conference in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, right, and Jordan Staal look on during hockey practice in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Crosby has not been cleared to play in tonight's first-round NHL playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, and Evgeni Malkin of Russia, are introduced before the the Penguins first home NHL hockey game of the season against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. Crosby and Malkin did not play in the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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August 28, 2011 Editorial Cartoon by Anthony Jenkins / The Globe and Mail

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (R) takes part in a team practice in Vancouver, British Columbia October 5, 2011. The team was preparing for their game against the Vancouver Canucks to start the NHL hockey season October 6. Crosby is not expected to play. REUTERS/Andy Clark

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, stands behind Arron Asham as he participates in practice with teammates on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 in Pittsburgh. Coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday afternoon Crosby will not play Friday or Saturday and that his status remains uncertain. Crosby hasn't played since being diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms in early January. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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